TFC Billy Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 15, Columbia
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One killed a collision on KY 2154
Date of News Release: 10/10/2011
(Marion County, KY) -– On 10/09/2011 at 7:15 pm EST Post 15 Columbia received a call from Lebanon Police Department requesting assistance with a collision that occurred on KY 2154. Trooper Christopher Saunders responded to the scene. Upon arrival it was discovered that Michael Wheatley age 17 of Lebanon, KY was traveling eastbound on KY 2154 driving a 2006 Pontiac when he crossed the center line and struck a 1998 Chevrolet driven by James Tharp age 70 of Loretto, KY. James Tharp was pronounced deceased at the scene by Marion County Coroners Office. Michael Wheatley was airlifted to University of Louisville Medical Center in critical condition. Trooper Brad Riley, and Detective Terry Whittaker responded from Post 4 Elizabethtown to assist in the investigation. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts. No alcohol use is suspected in this collision. Collision is under investigation by Trooper Brad Riley.